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Lean and Process Improvement

In today’s competitive marketplace, successful manufacturers are flexible, efficient and responsive to customer needs. They produce only what their customers need, precisely when they need it, with zero defects. They have efficient processes and a safe working environment for employees who are engaged and committed to results. The MEP National Network’s lean and continuous improvement solutions prepare you to implement the daily behaviors that ensure a continuous flow of value to your customer. MEP Centers can assist you in areas such as:

5S (Sort/Set in order/Shine/Standardize/Sustain)

5S is a method used by front-line workers to organize the workplace – improving workplace safety, reducing waste, simplifying work processes, improving equipment maintenance and troubleshooting while ensuring product quality.

6σ (Six Sigma)

Six Sigma helps you improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in your manufacturing and business processes. It uses a set of quality management methods including statistical methods and creates a special infrastructure of people within your company (called black belts, green belts, etc.) who are experts in these methods.

Quick Changeover/Setup Reduction

Quick changeover/setup reduction focuses on reducing the time between the last good piece off the current run and the first good piece off the next run. The MEP National Network can help your company learn quick changeover/setup reduction methodologies and practice the setup reduction principles in a selected project within your plant operations.

Toyota Kata

Toyota Kata is a structured and focused approach to creating a continuous learning and improvement culture at all levels. It gives your company the framework for a sustainable problem-solving culture incorporating targeted experimentation and personal learning. There are two main elements to Toyota Kata – the improvement kata and the coaching kata. Toyota Kata gives you tools to improve how you lead, manage and help people develop the skills to thrive in today’s constantly changing marketplaces.

Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping (VSM) helps you uncover waste and determine how best to streamline your manufacturing and office processes. VSM allows you to take a high-level view of your process or value stream and then diagnose problems and implement changes. VSM is a great way to identify the right areas for improvement, allowing your company to maximize its productivity.

Working with MTEC has been fantastic. They have helped us streamline our process efficiencies and improve our bottom line. I would recommend them and look forward to working with them on future projects.  

—Michael Caraway, Owner, The Caraway Tea Company
Read the Success Story

Heroes of American Manufacturing: ACR Electronics
Heroes of American Manufacturing: ACR Electronics
ACR Electronics, a client of FloridaMakes (the MEP Center in Florida and part of the MEP National Network), is the leading development center for emergency beacons that are designed with one purpose: to save lives. Through their combined technology expertise in the marine, aviation, outdoor and military markets, they design and manufacture cutting edge rescue beacons and survival gear for boaters, pilots, hunters, hikers, climbers, cyclists, and combat troops, not to mention many of the leading boat builders and aircraft manufacturers in the industry.



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Created June 4, 2020, Updated October 5, 2021